Gold Crown Cranes at the Denver Zoo
In January I had renewed my zoo membership because by renewing early I saved $10. Somehow my card never arrived in the mail so I stopped by to check on it. I took my camera with me as we were going to take Clio after we picked her up at day care and I didn't want to take my camera then. It's too tempting to try to catch the animals in different poses and I wanted to spend quality time with Clio and answer her questions.
The cranes above are always busy and usually too near the glass-fence to get anything but a shot over the fence looking down at the top of their heads. Today I got not only one but both of them at a sufficient distance to catch the quirkiness of these gorgeous birds.
It was 4:00 p.m. when we arrived at the zoo, but since summer hours are in effect we could stay until 6:00. We asked Clio what animals she wanted to see and were surprised when she said, "snakes." We first looked at the python then went into Tropical Discovery where they house both ground and tree snakes. She loved the designs of the snakes and the tiny bright-colored tropical frogs became her new favorites.
I always love the zoo but seeing it through the eyes of an almost 3-year-old is a special treat. We were walking along hoof stock highway when she spied--a good city block away--what she called the "ceracal". It had been a long time since we'd been there and I was surprised she got the name that close. I said, "Do you want to ride the carousel?" Of course the answer was yes. We arrived in time for the last ride of the day and it was just the 3 of us so she could choose from among all the zoo animals. She narrowed her options to the Okapi, the Cheetah or the Zebra. The Zebra won.